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The composite scores on the ACT college entrance exam for this year's graduating seniors put both New Berlin high schools in the top among southeastern Wisconsin high schools, with Muskego close behind.

Eisenhower’s composite score of 24.4 ranks fourth, West’s 23.0 is 10th and Muskego's 22.7 is 13th among more than 30 comparable high schools including all those in the Woodland Conference and Waukesha County, and others. West’s rank is a three-year high.

“We’re very pleased with the ACT results and are proud of our students’ and staffs’ efforts that allow us to be compared favorable to our peers,” Superintendent Joe Garza said in a news release.

“There is always room for improvement, and we’ll look closer at the results to see where those improvements can be made. But these scores affirm that our students continue to leave our schools prepared for their future.”

The students took the ACTwhen they were juniors. Scores across the state dipped in the latest testing, which was the case locally as well.

School officials suggest that the decreases are likely a reflection of a statewide change that requires all juniors to take the test, regardless of whether they plan to attend college.

“We’re excited to see that our scores remain fairly steady even after adding students that might not
have taken the test in the past,” he said.

The ACT tests English, math, reading, science and writing, attempting to assesses how ready students are for college coursework in those areas. The schools use ACT data to help find ways to improve academic achievement.

Of the 20 high schools that were used as comparisons, Whitefish Bay was on top overall with an ACT composite score of 25.6. Waukesha West High School was lowest with 21.8.

Behind Whitefish Bay were Brookfield East (24.6), Mequon-Thiensville (24.6), Eisenhower (24.4), Brookfield Central (24.1), Arrowhead (24), Pewaukee (24), Shorewood (23.6), and Greendale (23.4), New Berlin West (23), Nicolet (22.9), Wauwatosa East (22.8), Muskego (22.7), Franklin (22.4), Hamilton (22.3), Kettle Moraine (22.3), Menomonee Falls (22.3), Whitnall (22.2) and Mukwonago (21.7).

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